Former Carthage parks director charged with leaving the scene after accident in bar parking lot

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CARTHAGE, Mo. — Former Carthage parks director Mark Peterson, already facing three counts of stealing and two counts of money laundering, is back in trouble with the law again.

The Jasper County Prosecuting Attorney filed a misdemeanor leaving the scene of an accident charge today against Peterson in connection with a January 17 incident in the parking lot at Roscoe’s Bar and Grill, 325 E. Grant, Carthage.

The victim reported that his 2007 Chevrolet Silverado (4YGM04) was struck by a white midsized pickup truck in the north parking lot of the business. Witness 1 advised that he observed the incident. He was outside on the phone when he observed a white GMC pickup reverse from a parking spot and strike the victim’s black truck.

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The witness advised that the impact moved the victim’s truck. He also stated that he made eye contact with the suspect, gestured for the suspect to stop but the suspect continued and left the property. 

The witness recalled that the first two characters of the suspect’s license plate were “5M.” I contacted the business owner who later provided video footage of the incident. 

Employees were able to identify the suspect from the incident as Mark Peterson. They were familiar with Peterson and also able to identify him from his receipt from his bar tab. 

The Carthage Police Department investigation was able to identify the suspect vehicle as Peterson’s, according to the probable cause statement.

The owner of the vehicle he allegedly hit obtained four estimates of the cost to fix his car, ranging from a high estimate of $1,624.76 to a low estimate of $728.24.

Peterson’s preliminary hearing on the felony stealing and money laundering charges is scheduled for March 1 in Jasper County Circuit Court.

Details of those allegations can be found at the link below. Note: Clicking the link below will take you to The Turner Report

The Turner Report: Former Carthage Parks Director charged with stealing $142,000, money laundering (rturner229.blogspot.com)

Originally appeared on The Turner Report

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